Ireland goalkeeper Ayeisha McFerran has appealed for the return of the silver medal she won as part of the team which reached the 2018 Women's Hockey World Cup final.
The 25-year-old, who plays club hockey for Utrecht-based Kampong in the Netherlands, revealed that she and her room-mates' apartment had been broken into on Monday night and that the medal memorably won three years ago was among the items stolen.
"Some coward decided to break into my apartment and steal mine and my room-mates belongings. Among that was my 2018 World Cup medal which is more valuable than all electronics," the Co Antrim native tweeted.
"I would appreciate any help from the hockey world and Utrecht family in finding my medal."
Please help!!!— Ayeisha McFerran (@Ayeeishaa) June 22, 2021
Some coward decided to break into my apartment & steal mine & my roommates belongings! Among that was my 2018 World Cup medal which is more valuable than all electronics!
I would appreciate any help from the hockey world & Utrecht family in finding my medal🙏🏻 pic.twitter.com/yBGyOxor13
On Monday, McFerran had been named in the Ireland squad for Tokyo 2020, which will be the Irish women's team's first ever appearance at an Olympic Games.
Speaking to RTÉ Sport ahead of the EuroHockey Championship in which Ireland ultimately finished sixth earlier this month, McFerran had spoken of the need to treat the Olympic Games differently to the preceding Europeans.
"We have to treat them differently. This (European Championship) is a World Cup qualifier and the Olympics is the biggest in any sport and we've made it. We've got there. Of course, we're going to have targets, we're going to want to win. But it's about going there and performing and just having fun with it," she said.